Annual Food Drive changes methods
As summer approached, local food banks and church shelves around the country normally would be well-stocked, benefiting from the 70 million-plus pounds of food recently received from the Letter Carriers' annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, held in May for the past 27 years.
The food drive's timing is key, because winter holiday donations have dwindled from food pantries and homeless shelters, and school meal programs are not available in summer. The coronavirus pandemic, however, forced the postponement of the scheduled May 9 drive for safety reasons—even as the pandemic-related economic shutdown has worsened food insecurity.
To deal with this urgent situation, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) has developed a new plan to address the problem of hunger that affects one in eight Americans, including millions of children, elderly and military veterans.
Starting this week, millions of generous Americans who normally leave food by their mailbox on the second Saturday in May for letter carriers to collect, as well as the legions of community volunteers who help sort and transport the food, can accomplish the same thing via different means.
Please donate according to the guidelines setforth in the graphic on the left. Thank you for your kindness and generosity to our food banks!
A STUDY OF FINANCIAL HARDSHIP -
UNITED WAY ALICE PROJECT FOR LOUISIANA
ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
The term represents families across Louisiana and
the nation who are working but unable to afford the
basic household necessities, including housing, child care,
health care, food and transportation.
Released in January 2019, the report presents publicly
available data in a comprehensive way to illustrate the true
scope of financial need in our communities.
Eleven United Ways in Louisiana took part in the ALICE Report.